Cubs Meeting with Manny Acta about Managerial Opening

As The Girardi Watch continues in Chicago and New York, David Kaplan is reporting that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are meeting with Manny Acta in Chicago on Monday to discuss the Cubs’ managerial opening.

Reports out of New York on Monday morning indicated the Yankees still have not heard from Joe Girardi on whether or not he will accept the Yankees’ offer to remain in New York.

According to David Kaplan, “the Cubs are kicking their managerial search into gear as they await word” from Joe Girardi. Kaplan and the Sun-Times reported that Manny Acta is in Chicago interviewing for the job.

A new candidate has emerged according to Kaplan and the Sun-Times, Padres’ bench coach Rick Renteria. Renteria is highly respected but has zero big league managerial experience and has only managed in the minors.

Kaplan reported the Cubs have already met with A.J. Hinch and Sandy Alomar Jr. is “not a strong candidate for the Cubs’ vacancy at this point in the process.”

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expected to continue the interview process this week in Arizona. Once the Cubs know if Girardi is staying in New York, the Cubs are expected “to cast a wide net” to find their next manager.

Stay tuned for updates from The Girardi Watch and Cubs managerial search …

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  • BosephHeyden

    Shocker: someone associated with the Padres or Red Sox is a potential candidate for the managerial opening. Also, I’ve seen enough of Manny Acta to know that he’s not that great of a choice either. His stints with the Nationals and Indians were best described as “bad teams that got worse and eventually lead to mid-season firings”. I’ve seen enough of those types of coaches to last me a lifetime.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Agreed. All Manny Acta has going for him is he’s hispanic and he has managing experience. I don’t anticipate he’ll be hired, but while they wait on Girardi they might as well interview people.

      • jtrain23

        I agree. If a hiring of a guy like this happens, I will be disappointed. However, I am happy to see the Cubs discussing the job with many candidates from many backgrounds.
        It will help them get an idea of what they are looking for and will also help the F.O. gauge the perception of the Cubs job from outside of the organization.
        You can never talk to too many people or have too many options as long as you make the correct decision in the end.

        • TheWrongGuy

          I agree, not to wait on Girardi as well. He may be the obvious first choice for the Front Office, but it is good to gain perspectives from around the league.
          Girardi may re-sign with the Yanks. But it would be good “karma” for the CUBS to pull Girardi away from the Yanks considering we lost “The Great Mister Frank Chance” years ago to the Yankees(last pennant Chicago CUBS won). That was just something I found interesting. Remember to SMILE CUBS fans better days are ahead. No matter who the manager is.

      • Tony_Hall

        Have you ever listened to Manny Acta talk, he has a lot more going for him then just being hispanic.

        I think he may be the 1st option if Girardi says no.

        • Ripsnorter1

          They are looking for a cheap hire?

          LOL

          • Tony_Hall

            WHAT???? are you talking about?

            They are going for Girardi with money as no object and you think they are going for a cheap hire.

            If they don’t get Girardi, they are going to hire who they feel is the best man for the job, regardless if it is a good PR or whether fans know the guy.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Manny Acta.

          • Tony_Hall

            Ok, I will play along.

            Manny Acta What?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Mr. Hall,

            If Girardi says no, then I am asking, “Are the Cubs looking for a cheap hire?
            Why else would they be talking to Mr. Acta?

            I know from your posts that you won’t agree with that sentiment, but
            I do not want Mr. Acta. I want to know why he always gets fired once
            the talent starts to make the majors? He’s like Mr. Riggleman: they don’t want
            him anywhere near the top prospects.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think money is going to have anything to do with it. If they feel Acta, or Hinch, or Alomar, or Earl Weaver is the best manager, they will hire them.

          • J Daniel

            I think Girardi not signing with the Yankees already speaks volumes … Just MHO … Why has he not re-upped already? What is he thinking over? He knows what their offer is and knows he can probably get another year or a few more dollars added if he pressed … There is no other reason than he is strongly considering the Cubs! His meeting with NY was last Wednesday I believe?

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree, if the Yankees job was his dream job, he would have signed the extension when it was handed to him. I will be surprised if he isn’t announced as the Cubs manager.

            He did say he would trade all 3 of his Yankee World Series rings for 1 Cubs World Series Ring. Can’t see him not wanting to have his chance to do that.

          • Ripsnorter1

            If I were Brian Cashman, I’d fire him just for saying that.

          • Tony_Hall

            It was in 2006 or 2007 I believe.

          • Ripsnorter1

            OH.

            I thought it was recently.

          • Tony_Hall

            He may have told Cashman it again last Wednesday…..in not so many words!

    • Eugene Debs

      His .418 winning percentage sounds about right for next year’s team.

    • Tony_Hall

      You do realize that these reports are rumors. Until someone is actually interviewed can you say they are a candidate. And if you were a reporter and making a list for your story of potential candidates, wouldn’t you look to past associates of the guys making the decisions to make a list…..seems like the easiest way to file a story to me.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        They have a lot of familiarity with those franchises. Hiring guys from Boston and San Diego make a ton of sense. I don’t understand the consternation. Boston is a model franchise, largely because of Theo’s building; and San Diego has the best farm system in baseball with ownership not willing to pay peanuts for the big league product. That has nothing to do with the coaching.

  • cubtex

    Manny Acta Managerial Record
    2007 w/Nats 73-89
    2008 w/Nats 59-102
    2009 w/Nats 26-61
    2010 Cleveland 69-93
    2011 Cleveland 80-82 (Almost .500)
    2012 Cleveland 65-91

    Hell….He’s used to losing. He’ll fit right in :))) Looks like he’s our next manager if Girardi goes back to NY.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Hahaha yes he will fit right in. =)
      Yet he does have as many are noting the Latin connection.

      • cubtex

        disappointed to hear Sandy Alomar Jr. is no longer a candidate.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Agree’d. I think from what I see he is considered but isn’t totally out yet. Not to mention they have already interviewed him so there is no need for another interview. As he is Tito’s bench coach Theo can just call his buddy to get info.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No one said that, he is not a “strong candidate” at this point.

          • cubtex

            well I guess I misunderstood. I saw Kapman tweet saying he is not a “serious” candidate.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s used to losing and losing ugly.

      Gag!

      Sveum was better. He just ruined the prospects. He didn’t
      ruin the players we bought off the released pile.

    • Tony_Hall

      Take a look at the rosters of those teams, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox couldn’t have won with those teams.

      • cubtex

        He’d fit right in with the Cubs Roster. As I said….he is gift wrapped for Theo.

  • Sanibelchuck

    In Dusty we trusty.

  • Bryan

    The FO can meet whoever they like, but if they don’t land Girardi this exercise will be a failure. It’s time to open up the purse strings and pay whatever it takes this time. I know….well the Yankees haven’t given permission..blah, blah, blah. We all know that back-channels can get the right message to Joe.
    Acta and others mentioned thus far are truly C level options, and just another in a string of potential management miscues.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      Hi Bryan,
      I don’t think the issue has anything to do with “opening up purse strings.” IMHO, I don’t think Girardi is evaluating his options based on money. The money is there!!! It’s really simple: does he want to manage a historically successful franchise and be one of many successful Yankee managers? Or, does he want a 5 year commitment from the CUBS and go for a place in Baseball history by trying to the first manager in 105 years to take the CUBS to the World Series (and win)???

      I hope that the reason why Girardi has not made any announcement is that he and his agent are working out the details with the CUBS F.O. as we speak. That way, when he declines the Yankees…he’s ready to accept the CUBS job. It will be a “done deal.”

      I think he knows that it would insult Cashman and Yankee fans to say, “Let me talk to the CUBS. Then, I’ll get back to you about whether I want to manage the Yankees.” Girardi is too classy for anything else.

      Therefore, I believe he’ll either say yes to the Yankees soon. Or, (more likely), he’ll say no to the Yankees so that he can quickly accept the CUBS job because it will have been “pre-negotiated.”

      What do my fellow CUB friends think of the scenario I’ve laid out? Does it make sense?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Acta does nothing for me. Girardi would be a home run. I’d be happy with Sandy Jr, either Maddux or Gardenhire. I really hope we don’t hire a guy like Acta that has failed in the past. Sure there is the example of Francona that was a similar situation but he is the exception not the rule. I don’t want to take a chance. We need a guy that can develop young players and coach guys up. I think with the right manager and Castro, Rizzo, Shark, Arietta and Castillo all taking a step forward they can be the base of a .500 team next year if Olt, Baez and some combination of Bryant, Villanueva and Alcantra can come up and contribute.

        By the way, I predict right here and now a monster season from Mike Olt. If he makes it to Chicago he will be firmly in the ROY race.

        • Ripsnorter1

          “Mike Olt. If he makes it to Chicago he will be firmly in the ROY race.”

          I laughed so hard I almost had an appendicitis attack. You are a great
          guy–and probably the bluest of the Cubbie Blue Bloods on the planet.
          But I have no such hope for Mr. Olt in 2014.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I stand by it Rip! I’ve been around concussion issues and it is no joke. It makes perfect sense to me that it was a huge hindrance to him last year. If he is completely healthy I expect him to be very motivated and I believe he is very talented.

            If he comes in top 3 of ROY once he breaks camp you owe me a ballgame and dinner when I come to Chicago next. If he flops you come to OKC and I’ll take you to dinner and a Thunder game. It’s a bet…:)

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree on Olt, think he comes into ST healthy and we see why he was one of the Top prospects.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Why not? : ) I’ll bring the wife and my seven children along as well! LOL
            My teenage boys can out eat any five horses! Where will we dine? LOL

            You are a great guy, Mr. Boardrider!

            BTW Concussions are serious business for sure.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it ;).

            Wow! 7 children?! I have a whole new respect for you Rip…

            I could also see this year or maybe 2015 as a year that a package of prospects maybe goes for near MLB ready pitching. We’ve got a logjam in the infield. If Bryant, Baez and Olt all come up and impress as I believe they will then Villanueva could be the odd man out and thus, trade bait. Or Castro if he gets back to form. If the FO believes in the young guys and Castro gets hot he could be a real good piece for our much needed pitching. I figure Alcantra at 2nd, Baez at SS, Olt at 3rd and Bryant in the outfield. Leaves Villanueva without a position. Perhaps he beats out Alcantra but who knows? There is obviously a ton of speculation in my comment so who knows which of those things come to pass but we do seem to suddenly have young depth, near MLB ready, in the infield.

          • Tony_Hall

            Why do you think Rip is on here all the time? Trying to find some sanity…..well maybe he goes to other websites for that.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            LOL! It all makes sense now… I’m surprised he can keep as cool as he does. Seriously my 2 kids make me want to pull my hair out. 7?!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Tell ‘em once, then discipline if they don’t obey. It’s really simple. Life is good.

          • SuzyS

            Are they all Cub’s fans? I hope.
            If not, it must be an interesting household:-)

          • Ripsnorter1

            My wife was a Brewer fan when I married her. It was
            “Robin Yount” this and “Greg Vaughn” that, and
            “Paul Molitor can rake,” etc.

            Thankfully, that ceased.

            The real trouble is that I’m a Bear fan, and the rest of the
            house are Packer fans. Now that’s a problem!

          • Tony_Hall

            I only have 1 son and have a hard time keeping up with all his activities. Baseball is just finishing (if the weather cooperates, one last 4 team round robin on Sunday) and high school bowling is about to start.

          • Ripsnorter1

            No other websites, except ESPN and MLBTR, but I never post there. I only terrorize this place.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I stand by this: Team Theo will deal Castro just as soon as they get
            a decent package for him. They don’t like his hitting approach, his fielding,
            his baserunning, his lack of attention at times, and his attitude. Other than
            that, they still don’t like him. He’ll get traded, imo. Very possibly, this winter.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I think so too, but I don’t see it this winter. It would be a “sell low,” which just isn’t the MO of Theo and Co. If there is one thing these guys do well it’s maximizing the value of their trade pieces. They are batting about .800 on that piece. I just don’t see Castro being traded until he has proven he can be in his pre-2013 form. If he starts hot I could see him being the single biggest commodity at next year’s deadline. If he’s on pace for 200 hits he could be the type of player that brings us a Zach Wheeler type haul. A guy like Archie Bradley. I think they will get him back to form. Crow to anyone who will listen about how wonderful his attitude is and his professionalism. Then bring back a package much better than what we got for Garza. Castro is a under 25 All-star caliber SS. The rare type of player a GM might give up a team’s #1 prospect and then some for.
            But that won’t happen this offseason. We’d be lucky to CJ Edwards alone for him this winter.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I’m not convince this is a “sell low” on Castro. What I think is that many GMs will
            be expecting a bounce back year from Castro–something I am not positive will happen.
            I fear he’s Gary Templeton: a .300 until the Padres organization turned him into a .255
            hitter. (We’ve got the Padres management in our GM’s office).

            Anyway, he might net just as much today as he would have netted us last year.
            I still think he’s gone this winter.

          • Eugene Debs

            Castro has limited trade value right now. Big time selling low. That being said, I hope what you say does in act happen. Castro is talented but he did not warrant a long term contract.

          • Tony_Hall

            He did say just as soon as they get a decent packaage, and not to do it now.

          • Eugene Debs

            So? I agreed with what he said. Is that a problem?

          • Tony_Hall

            You said big time selling low, he wasn’t saying to trade him now.

          • Eugene Debs

            Right, we both agree to trade him. I say it’s not going to happen right now. And dude, he did say it would happen this winter. Seriously, you’re being a nitpicking Nancy.

          • Ripsnorter1

            It’s going to happen this off season, imo.

          • Eugene Debs

            I hope you’re right.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Eugene,
            I like having you on here. But I don’t think calling anyone a name
            is cool. Tony’s a great guy. You could be a great guy, too.
            A little apology would go a long way towards keeping the CCO
            a great site.

            I personally love it here. I hope you will, too.

            Your friend,
            The Ripsnorter

          • Tony_Hall

            Where did he?

            nitpicking Nancy….grow up dude.

          • Eugene Debs

            It was this. “He’ll get traded, imo. Very possibly, this winter.”

            See what happens when you read the entire post?

          • Tony_Hall

            And yes, he says very possibly, IF they get a decent return, not if they are selling low.

          • Eugene Debs

            We could go on forever like this, right?

          • Tony_Hall

            And really, down arrows!

          • Eugene Debs

            Yep.

          • cubtex

            Rip. How the hell did you manage to have 7 kids with as many Cub games as you watch???? Lol. I guess you don’t watch the full 9 innings a lot :)))))

          • Ripsnorter1

            LOL

            The Cubs play DAY GAMES, my man. AFTERNOON games!

            LOL

          • cubtex

            I got 4 kids. 2 boys and 2 girls. All I can say is thank god my last child was a boy! Those teenage girls years will age the hell out of you! Lol

          • Ripsnorter1

            I have girl 20, boy18, girl 16, then four more boys 14,11, 7,4. I agree. Sitting on the porch,
            trying to watch the Cubs’ game, and keeping an evil eye on the boys
            coming around is wearisome. And now that ammo has gone up in price, too…..

          • Tony_Hall

            I have a brother with 4 daughters, 23, 17, 12, 10.
            Come to think of it, he has aged the fastest out of my brothers!

          • Ripsnorter1

            No wonder!

          • cubtex

            I think it is ridiculous to think there is any chance that Olt makes the team out of ST. How careless would that be if they start him at 3rd right away and he struggles just like last year. That is not smart. He needs to have some successs in AAA first. He hasn’t had success at that level yet. I can see him being promoted after 200 AB’s or so if he is crushing the ball at AAA……but definitely not before that.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Especially since now we have Matt Gamel to play 3B as well
            as Valbuena.

        • cubtex

          The book on Acta is that he is known to keep a very loose clubhouse. He makes it fun. If this team will lose 90 plus games for the next couple of years he keep clubhouse issues to a minimum…..unlike the Gregg, Shark issues.

          • Ripsnorter1

            And don’t forget Edwin jackson screaming at Sveum.

          • Eugene Debs

            Edwin Jackson needs to go. He is not a winner.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You know that.

            I know that.

            How come Team Theo doesn’t know that? Only 3 more years to go…..

          • TheWrongGuy

            Team Theo also knows Edwin Jackson isn’t a winner. What they also know is that he is an innings eater. No matter bad or good he is pitching he will stay out there and eat up some innings for a team. He has proven this one thing this year as previous years. It is the one reason they signed him I believe. As for the length of his contract… How long you think it will take for C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson, Paul Blackburn and, Dillon Maple types till they are pitching at the MLB level? Sorry for a long winded answer.

          • Ripsnorter1

            That wasn’t long winded….. : )

            It won’t take 3-4 years to get these guys ready.
            1–2 years.

  • Tony_Hall

    I love how people can make judgement about some very good baseball people, without even having interviewed them. It’s the reverse of the argument on stats with players, sometimes you have to actually watch the players and with managers, sometimes you can’t just look at past numbers, it actually helps to talk to them.

    • Bryan

      People are just entitled to an opinion, which sometimes can be contrary to yours. Isn’t that ok?

      • Tony_Hall

        Perfectly fine, doesn’t that also mean I can have an opinion of their opinion if I so choose? Is that ok with you?

        • Bryan

          Yep, that’s fine Tony.

    • Eugene Debs

      Actually Tony, it is very easy for the somewhat dedicated fan to make a solid generalization about managerial candidates. It’s a bottom line business. What is their track record when it comes to prospect development? Any high profile and public “blow ups” in their history? Who have they coached with? But the obvious measurement – have they won?

      • Tony_Hall

        Look at the rosters and tell me how have they won works. Some of the best managers of all -time have had many losing seasons to start. Players win games, managers don’t make that much difference in the total number of wins for a team, to change a 65 win team into a 90 win team. Otherwise managers would be the ones who command $20m+ per year.

        Nice to see you have a decent post, instead of some of your rants you have posted recently.

        • Eugene Debs

          The team needs to hear more rants. They really do.

  • Tony_Hall

    Take a look at this list of names to replace Girardi in NY.

    “Internal Yankees candidates such as Pete Mackanin, Tony Pena, Don Wakamatsu and Dave Miley are also on Marchand’s list, while high-profile names like Dusty Baker, Tony La Russa and Lou Piniella are seen as long shots.”

    Another reporter making a list, using existing asst coaches and 3 high profile names, of which LaRussa is a no, Pinella is a no, and I really doubt Cashman would consider Dusty Baker.

  • Tony_Hall

    I can’t wait until we are watching the Cubs back in the playoffs, year after year, but the playoffs have been fun to watch so far.

    An AL team having to give up the DH after Meyers leaves the game. Only Joe Maddon.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Great manager, or goof ball?

      • Tony_Hall

        GREAT MANAGER that is a goof ball. Did you read the article I posted on him? Kind of guy that you would like to call a friend.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Cards/Pirates was a great game today, wasn’t it?
      I thought Wacha might just throw the no-hitter, but it wasn’t to be.

      • Tony_Hall

        Sorry, work gets in the way more and more. I have only caught the last few innings of the Rays/Red Sox game.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Radio only for me. Morton was dealing for the Pirates until he walked a batter, and
          Matt Holiday made him pay. Wacha had a no hitter into the 8th until he
          gave up a tater to ….who else?—Mr. Alverez, his 3rd of the playoffs. DON’T PITCH
          TO HIM!

          DON’T FORGET: I am rooting for the Cards to pull it off again!

          LOL

          • Tony_Hall

            I never imagined Alvarez was going to develop into this big of a power hitter.

            Cardinals have so many good young arms.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Lance Lynn stinks right now. Westbrook didn’t make the roster.
            Wainwright better start Friday.

          • Tony_Hall

            Westbrook is done, to me Lynn is more of a filler and is the type of guy they trade to get more prospects, as they have better, higher quality arms to replace him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I agree completely. He’s like…..Bottenfield. Deal him to the Angels
            for a Hall of Fame candidate, and let Lynn get shelled in CA.

  • Tony_Hall

    Looks like Larry Bowa is going to be back with Sandberg again, this time as his bench coach.

    • cubtex

      Nolasco.,., but he has been bad his last several starts.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Get Ted Lilly back in there…to blow it like he did for us.

        • cubtex

          Loooool

      • Tony_Hall

        I would go with Kershaw as well. NLCS doesn’t start until Friday/Saturday, he can go again Game 2 on 4 days rest.

    • Dorasaga

      Sandy not really in the Cubs picture; I told ya.

      • Tony_Hall

        Are you talking about Sandy Alomar? He is a candidate, but not very high on the list at this point.

  • cubtex

    Mattingly is getting ripped by many in media for starting Kershaw on 3 days rest. I actually love the move. Close them out quickly. He is a horse and you want to bury a team as fast as possible.

    • Tony_Hall

      Who was suppose to start? Either way he has Grienke on regular rest for Game 5.

    • Ripsnorter1

      There’s talk that Mattingly may wind up in Yankee pinstripes.

      • cubtex

        Why would you want to leave LA? They will give him all the players he needs.

        • Tony_Hall

          They are already saying they can’t afford Cano, not that many teams can afford that ridiculous asking price. All teams have a limit.

          • cubtex

            It would be tough for any manager to leave LA for another team. Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu…. With Kelsey Jensen as your closer??? Life is good! Lol

          • Ripsnorter1

            Especially for the Yanks rotation….

        • Ripsnorter1

          The LAD want to FIRE him if he doesn’t win this time.
          Actually, his contract is up, and the LAD haven’t picked up his option for 2014

  • Tony_Hall

    I had Rodney on a fantasy team, but I really dislike how he tilts his hat and he scares me as a closer, no real confidence in him.

  • cubtex

    Carl Crawford! Have a series!!!!!

  • Tony_Hall

    Walk off HR for Lobaton!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Detroit could very easily get eliminated…..

    • cubtex

      Oakland is solid! They battle every team they play.

  • cubtex

    Dodgers playing some terrible D this inning!

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